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Bee Swarms Work Like Giant Brains, Where Each Bee Is a Nerve Cell (Bee Science Shows) On their own, bee brains are fairly remarkable things, although human computing power still trumps them. But new (bee science) research suggests that individual members of a swarm behave surprisingly like neurons in a human brain.] Not only does …

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Manuka myrtle rust

Kiwi beekeepers bolstered by Aussie experience with myrtle rust

Interesting article by Teresa Ramsey about Myrtle Rust on Manuka and Jellybush Plants in Australia and New Zealand Myrtle Rust – Beekeepers are nervous about the threat to New Zealand’s manuka honey industry. However, they hope to get a lucky break with the deadly fungi, just like their Aussie neighbours. The Australian honey industry survived …

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How bees actually make honey

How bees make honey

This is quite a fun watch. Very well presented and clear description of how bees make honey. It goes for about six minutes which is about as long as it takes to eat a honey sandwich.

Native honey a sweet antibacterial – Australian Geographic

A native honey may well be the most powerfully antimicrobial honey ever discovered, say Queensland researchers. The honey, cultivated at undisclosed locations in northern NSW and southeast Queensland, is made by bees that have fed on Leptospermum polygalifolium, also known as jelly bush or the lemon-scented tea tree. The researchers tested 100 jelly bush honeys …

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Australian leptospermum plant

The Antibacterial Honey Derived from Australian Flora

Chronic wound infections and antibiotic resistance are driving interest in antimicrobial treatments that have generally been considered complementary, including antimicrobially active honey. Australia has unique native flora and produces antibacterial honey with a wide range of different physicochemical properties. In this study we surveyed 477 honey samples, derived from native and exotic plants from various …

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